[Image: Arc System Works]

A temp staffer for Ota City, Japan held a press conference at city hall this week, announcing that he had recently won a fighting game tournament in Paris, France. The man now admits this was a lie.

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Several Japanese papers reported the story, with the man claiming he had won 3 million yen (US$29,776) for winning at Guilty Gear. “If I lost, I would be mortified,” the man originally told Asahi News in a now deleted article. “That feeling was my driving force.”

[Image: FNN]

Jomo News and Asahi News both reported the story, but according to IT Media, people online began questioning the man’s claims that he won a tournament held in Paris on September 20 and 21, because, according to Arc System Works’ website, there were no Guilty Gear tournaments in Paris.

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Via IT Media, which had removed the man’s name, here is one of the published articles.

[Image via IT Media]

Now, according to Mainichi News, the man has admitted that his story was not true, saying, “It was a lie.” The incident has made the TV news in Japan (above), and FNN reports that the city is looking at how to deal with the employee.

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